Conference Schedule – 2021

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The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

October 14-16, 2021

Owens Community College


Panels will allow a maximum of 20 minutes per presentation, giving time for discussion and Q and A, also allowing for a 10-minute break before the next session.


THURSDAY October 14th 1:00—2:20 p.m.

Transforming Performances  

HH 123 A

            Chair: Susan Shelangoskie

Emily Yates, Michigan State University

“‘Go to the website where you clicked to enter Verona’: Transformative and Immersive (Zoom) Theatrical Experiences”

Robert Pierce, Oberlin College

“Does Shakespeare Believe in Sudden Conversions for his Villains?” 

Jennifer Forsyth, Kutztown University

 “‘For I was dead’: Misdiagnosis and Revivification in Early Modern English Drama”


Transforming Class, Government, and Politics

HH 123 B

            Chair: Joseph Sullivan

Sean Oros, Thiel College

“The Transformative Power of Political Performance”

Anne-Marie E. Walkowicz, Central State University

“Transforming Just War Theory into Political Policy in The Reign of Edward III

Philip Goldfarb Styrt, St. Ambrose University

“Transforming Nobility in Shakespeare’s Roman Plays”


THURSDAY October 14th 2:30—3:50 p.m.

Race and Gender in Othello

HH 123 A

            Chair: Marian J. Moore

Kathryn C. Croft, Wright State University

“She never yet was foolish that was fair”: Whiteness as Erasure in Othello.” 

Jeanette Goddard, Trine University

“Othello and ‘Ocular Proof’”

Jane Wells, Muskingum University

“‘The ills we do, their ills instruct us so’: Emilia as Iago in Othello


Women, Agency, and Victimization

HH 123 B

            Chair: Eva McManus

Jessica Boyles, Mary Baldwin University

“The Lost Exchange: Ophelia’s Absence from ‘To be, or not to be’”

Anne McIlhaney, Webster University

“’Then I Should Not Love Thee’:  Adoptive Mothering and “Nature’s Gifts” in Shakespeare’s History Plays”

Kimberly Bressler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“Consumption Redefined, Lavina, Rape, and Cannibalism in Titus


THURSDAY October 14th 4:00—5:20

Shakespeare for the Screen

HH 123 A

            Chair: Diane Routson 

Alexandria Shockley, Owens College

“Problems in a Modern Retelling of The Taming of the Shrew”

Ash Anteau, Bowling Green State University

“‘But you love me’: The Rationalization of Macbeth in Adaptation”

Stephannie S. Gearhart, Bowling Green State University

“‘Nothing is but what is not’: Adaptation, Equivocation, and Inside No. 9’s ‘The Understudy”


Negotiating Gender Relations in Early Modern Drama

HH 123 B

            Chair: Mohammed Elnahal

Isaac Helriegel, Kutztown University

“‘Someone in the wolf’: Ferdinand and Animalistic Misogyny in The Duchess of Malfi

Savannah Xaver, Western Michigan University

“Filling the Bed and Filling the Womb: Wicked Goals and the Righteousness of Bed Tricks in Shakespeare’s Comedies”

David George, Emeritus Urbana University

“Transformative Shakespeare: Juliet’s Rapid Maturity”


THURSDAY October 14 7:45 p.m.


The worst Titus Andronicus ever produced.


FRIDAY October 15th 9:00—10:20 a.m.

Adapting Shakespeare

HH 123

            Chair: Cory Hoover

Chuck Conaway, University of Southern Indiana

“Shakespeare, Trauma, and the Ideology of the Superhero in Marvel 1602

Lisa S. Starks, University of South Florida 

“Transforming Communities: Levinas, Canadian Shakespeares, and Fandom in Slings & Arrows

Joseph Sullivan, Marietta College  

“When Canons Collide: Norms, Puppeteers, and Lucky Lads in Arthur Byron Cover’s Macbeth: The Graphic Novel


Teaching Transformed: The Other Impact of Teaching Shakespeare in Prison

HH 137

            Chair: Amy Scott-Douglass

Gina Hausknecht, Coe College and University of Iowa’s Liberal Arts Beyond Bars

Simone Waller, Reed College and Prison+Neighborhood Arts Program

Liz Fox, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education




HH 123

Julia R. Lupton

Julia R. Lupton is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or co-author of five books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life (2018) and Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (2011). She is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a former Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her current project is on Shakespeare and virtue.

Topic: “Infinite Virtue: Shakespeare and Capacity”






HH 113


1:30-2:45 p.m.

HH 123

Jeffrey R. Wilson

Jeffrey R. Wilson is a faculty member in the Writing Program at Harvard University, where he teaches the “Why Shakespeare?” section of the university’s first-year writing course. He is the author of three books, Shakespeare and Trump (2020), Shakespeare and Game of Thrones (2021), and Richard III’s Bodies from Medieval England to Modernity: Shakespeare and Disability History (forthcoming in 2022). His work has appeared in journals such as Modern Language QuarterlyGenre, and College Literature, and been featured in public venues including National Public RadioZocalo Public Square, and MLA’s Profession. On Twitter @DrJeffreyWilson.

Topic: “An Oral History of Public Shakespeare.


FRIDAY October 15th 3:00–4:20 p.m.

Transformative Play in Prison Shakespeare

HH 123

            Chair: Nathanial Smith

Hal Cobb, Shakespeare Behind Bars founding member

Niels Herold, Professor of English, Oakland University

Melissa Tanis, Communications Coordinator for the Center for Justice, Columbia University, Masters in Social Work, Columbia University

Curt L. Tofteland, Founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars


Tempests for Today

HH 137

            Chair: Hillary Nunn

Jared Johnson, Thiel College

“‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here’: Westworld’s New Prospero and His Isle of Calibans”

Amy Scott-Douglass, Lorain County Community College

WandaVision: A Prospero for Our Pandemic, A Tempest for Our Times”

James Newlin, Case Western Reserve

“Staging the Woman in Ex Machina and The Tempest



Friday 7:30–? p.m.

HH 123


Live Theatrical Productions

            Chloe W. Stevenson

            John Toth

            Also Student and Community Actors


SATURDAY October 16th 9:00—10:20

Shakespeare and Education


            Chair: Susan Oldrieve

Emily Isaacson, Heidelberg University  

“Teaching Shakespeare in Transformational Times”

Dave McAvoy, Miami University  

“‘As he that leaves a shallow plash to plunge him in the deep’: Cultural Immersion and the Transformative Experience of Study Abroad”

Russ Bodi, Owens College

“Teaching Titus through Taymor”


Play to Novel Adaptations

HH 137

            Chair: Stephannie Gearhart

Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University

“Pocket of Dog Snogging, Court Jester and Avenger of Hideous Wrongs: Christopher Moore’s Dark Take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Anna N. Ullmann, Bradley University

“Shakespeare and the Novel: The Transformations of Literary Genre”  

James A. Lewin

“Transformative Shakespeare in Algren’s A Walk on the Wild Side


SATURDAY October 16th 10:30—11:50

Transforming Plato and Ovid

HH 123

            Chair: Lisa S. Starks

David Summers, Capital University

“Reversing Exile, Transforming Ovid: An Evolution in Shakespeare’s Ovidianism”

Jennifer Higginbotham, The Ohio State University

“Transforming Ovidian Myth from Shakespeare to Mary Oxlie”

Erich Freiberger, Jacksonville University,“Shakespeare’s Transformation of Plato: The Platonic Intertexts in Hamlet


Crime and the Law

HH 137

            Chair: James Newlin

Nathanial Smith, Central Michigan University

“Much Ado About the Blue”

Michael W. Arbino, Kent State University

“The Transformation of Traditional Power Structures in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet” 

Anthony Guy Patricia, Concord University

“The Crime of Revenge Porn and Much Ado About Nothing